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The Survival Guide for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning Teens
(Revised & Updated Second Edition)


First published in 2003, GLBTQ quickly became the indispensable resource for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning teens (often referred to as LGBT or GLBTQ). This fully revised and updated edition retains all of the straightforward information and practical advice of the original edition while providing a contemporary look at society and its growing acceptance of homosexuality and transgender people.

Included are updates on efforts to promote equality regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation; the current status of legislative initiatives concerning safe schools, gay marriage, workplace equality, and transgender expression; and the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. Issues-based information and advice address:

  • coming out
  • prejudice
  • getting support
  • staying safe
  • making healthy choices
  • thriving in school

Resources point the way to books and websites with more information, and quotes from GLBTQ teens (and allies) who have “been there” share stories of personal experiences.

Created with feedback and suggestions from PFLAG, GLSEN, GLAAD, and others, this frank, sensitive book is written for young people who are beginning to question their sexual orientation or gender identity, those who are ready to work for GLBTQ rights, and those who may need advice, guidance, or reassurance that they are not alone. GLBTQ is an essential resource for teens, parents, educators, LGBT program facilitators, youth group leaders, and anyone who cares about issues faced by queer and questioning teens.

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ISBN: 978-1-57542-363-0
Reading Level: High school–adult
Interest Level: Ages 13 & up
Guided Reading Level: Z+
Lexile Measure: 1090L
Format: two-color
Trim Size: 6" x 9"
Page Count: 240

Praise for GLBTQ
“[An] essential resource for both queer and straight youth—and those who care about them.”—Youth Today

GLBTQ’s subtitle promises that this text is a survival guide, and in many ways, it delivers on that promise. For youth needing basic resources . . . GLBTQ will provide both help and hope for our most vulnerable community members.”—Curve Magazine

“Huegel’s book is extremely practical, not just for LGBTQ students but also for adults who desire a greater understanding of the issues our LGBTQ students face on a daily basis.”—ASCA School Counselor Magazine

“One of the best guides available for queer teens and their allies . . . Huegel unflinchingly and clearly explains what young adults, parents, and educators want and need to know . . . An excellent choice for libraries of all types.”—School Library Journal

“A guide like this would have changed my entire life as a teenager—and for the better. And I know that it will change lives now.”—Lee Wind, writer and blogger at

“This book is one of queer life’s essentials—a must have for any LGBTQ young person, parent, or person working with youth. It is a book that can save and transform young lives and we need it to be everywhere.”—Out in Jersey Magazine

“Addresses the most critical issues faced by contemporary GLBTQ teens . . . the information it provides for teens makes it a valuable addition to any high school or public library collection.”—VOYA

“This book forays into the dynamic reality of queer adolescence not only with valiance, but also with warranted accuracy.”—Alyssa V., winner of the Paul A. Anderson Youth Leadership Award

“Uplifting wisdom . . . GLBTQ is sage advice, and a strong gift to any teenager.”—Midwest Book Review

“This is a book I would have stolen from my library. GLBTQ is a book that needs to be in every junior high and high school library. The book is thorough and could help empower so many young people who are going through their adolescence full of fear.”—Jamie McGonnigal, Talk About Equality blog

“Readers will find all sorts of useful information in the revised, updated second edition of GLBTQ.”—Bay Area Reporter

Praise for the previous edition
“One of the best one-volume sources of information available about being GLBTQ.”—Booklist

“An indispensable map through the wilderness, one that should be issued to every queer kid immediately.”—The Advocate

“Sensitively written . . . speaks frankly and directly to teens.”—Teaching Tolerance

“This book will not be gathering dust on a shelf. If it doesn’t disappear completely, swiped by a teen who desperately needs it, it will be in constant use.”—KLIATT

“An honest, sensitive book which addresses the concerns and questions GLBTQ youth face every day.”—Staten Island Advance

  • “Popular Paperback for Young Adults,” ALA/YALSA
  • Benjamin Franklin Book Award Winner
  • “Books for the Teen Age,” New York Public Library
  • Foreword Reviews Book of the Year Finalist
  • Independent Publisher Book Award Winner
12 Ways to Make Your Classroom Safe for LGBTQ Students

As visibility increases for LGBTQ people and issues, kids are adopting these identities at earlier ages. Just a few decades ago, most young people came out in their late teens and early twenties. Now it’s not uncommon for kids to claim LGBTQ identities in middle school and sometimes even in elementary school.

Teachers who never considered how they might handle these issues are now being faced with questions about how to make their classrooms safe and respectful learning spaces for all students.

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July 2, 2018 / Angel

i got this from my theo as a birthday present and i love the facts it gives starting high school in a month got to read it again


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